Swimming Maintains on Third Day of Nationals

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Saint Leo five men's swimmers continued to make a name for themselves on the third day of the NCAA National Championships held at the CrossPlex Natatorium as part of the Division II Festival on Friday evening. 

Pawel Trenda managed to rack up another All-America honor as he finished seventh in the 100 Back and the relay team of Matheus Assis, Milton Alberto-Requejo, Trenda and Michael Cozzi finished 12th in 800 Free Relay.

"I was pleased with Pawel earning another All-American finish as well as a new school record, but to be honest we let one slip away tonight with our 800 free," Head Coach Paul Mangen said on his groups third day in the national spotlight. "We will refocus tonight and make sure we come out swinging tomorrow so that we can put ourselves in a position to score.  There is no other option."

Trenda earned the Lions 12 points behind a 48.44 school-record time in the 100 Back.  His time was just a second and a half slower than the national champion.

The 800 Free Relay that Mangen was looking forward to yesterday still managed to put together a 6:43.49, giving the Lions 10 points.

Even though the Lions are represented by just five men's swimmers, Saint Leo still has amassed 81 points and is in 14th place.

The Lions conclude the 2013 NCAA National Championships on Saturday. The events at the CrossPlex Natatorium in the Division II Festival will be streamed live on NCAA.com and can be accessed on SaintLeoLions.com.